Her guitar teacher encouraged Marlieke to sing or hum while practicing songs on the guitar. When he finally heard her sing out loud, he decided that she needed to perform for a real audience. So he arranged the first real gigs. One thing lead to another: Singing as a guest act for several bands, having her own band but also solo performances.
Her sister Gitte was the one who pushed Marlieke to listen to some country songs from Zac Brown band and Darius Rucker. Marlieke was sold. This is the musical genre that fits her! All the pieces of the puzzle where there. This is the genre in which she wants to grow. So for her appearance on ‘Idols 2016’ (Dutch version of American Idol) Marlieke chose to sing ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton. The positive feedback given by the judges gave her an extra boost to continue this path of country music.
But Marlieke wouldn’t want to do this on her own, so she gathered an awesome band led by Peter van der Tor.
Peter formed the band, reached out to great musicians (see gallery) and got them enthousiastic!
The energy, passion and fun is noticeable when you hear them play and see them perform.